Updated guidance on Universal Credit for landlords.

UC and rented housing

The DWP have just updated their guidance for landlords (both private and social) on Universal Credit – including the key issues of getting rent payments direct and the recovery of arrears.

 
It’s probably not realistic to try and do a snappy summary for you – but if you do have, or are likely to have tenants who claim UC, please have a look.

 
You can find the guidance here.

 
Oliver

 

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Business rates consultation.

 

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If you own or manage a business premises in Sandwell – this could affect you.
Sandwell Council is proposing amendments to its National Non Domestic Rates Discretionary Rate Relief Policy.
Please see
http://www.sandwell.gov.uk/info/200308/business_rates/4057/discretionary_rate_relief_consultation
If you would like to comment or give feedback on the proposed changes to the policy please email: revenues_postroom@sandwell.gov.uk
Thanks
Oliver

 

Matching homes to people (and guinea pigs)

We are very grateful to all the landlords – both private and housing associations – who have come forward in the last few weeks to help us find new homes for tenants who found themselves stuck and in need of urgent accommodation.

Liz (the other blog editor) even found somewhere for Miranda (pictured above) who she found abandoned in an empty flat, after she had worked to rehouse the tenant.

Liz – who has a much softer heart than me, has given Miranda a new and loving home in her own back garden.

But I don’t want to come across as flippant here. Obviously, housing need is a very serious subject to anyone affected, I just want show you some of the odd situations we deal with from time-to-time.

Liz often works with other agencies or council teams who are trying to find accommodation for their clients.

If you are a landlord or a letting agent, have an empty property and are looking for someone to fill it – you might want to let us know first.

Drop an email to Liz, at Elizabeth_mooney@sandwell.gov.uk  telling her the size, location and rent you would hope to achieve.

We’re not promising to find you a tenant – but there is still a good chance we can help you and you can help us.

Oliver

Business rates consultation

If you own or manage a business premises in Sandwell – this could affect you.

Sandwell Council is proposing amendments to its National Non Domestic Rates Discretionary Rate Relief Policy.

Find out more about the proposed changes.

If you would like to comment or give feedback on the proposed changes to the policy please email: revenues_postroom@sandwell.gov.uk

Thanks

Oliver